Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI Match Prediction
- Australia will hope a return to home soil helps them get back to winning ways after five consecutive defeats in the 50-over format.
- New Zealand arrive in good form, on the other hand - the World Cup runners-up having beaten India 3-0 in their most recent series.
- Australia will take heart not only from their return to home soil but their excellent record in ODIs against New Zealand, however.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI Match Prediction
Australia return to home soil for a late-season ODI series against New Zealand in which the hosts will be desperate to end their current 50-over losing streak. The first match of this series takes place at the SCG on March 13, and the live action is scheduled to start at 14:30 local time.
Australia have lost their last five ODIs, including three heavy defeats to South Africa, but are hopeful a home series can see them wrap up the summer on a high note. They beat New Zealand at the World Cup, however, and have a dominant record in this fixture.
New Zealand have won their only three matches since the World Cup final defeat to England on the other hand, beating India 3-0 in their most recent bilateral series thanks to some excellent batting performances.
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New Zealand chased twice upon winning the toss in their series against India, and they may want to field first again in this match.
Though it is set to get worse over the weekend, the first match of this series looks set to be played in sunny, warm and dry conditions.
The SCG always offers turn, and the late-season wicket could mean that is even more the case.
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
With Glenn Maxwell still out injured, Australia have the same squad that toured South Africa – with the exception of Jhye Richardson. Mitchell Starc is back, having missed the final game of that series to watch wife Alyssa Healy in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final.
AUS Key Players
Steve Smith: In good form in ODI cricket at the end of the series with India and the start of the tour of South Africa too – he has now reached 50 on 34 occasions in ODI cricket, turning nine of those into centuries.
Marnus Labuschagne: His batting form has been excellent this season and he ended the series with South Africa with his first ODI century to move to 249 runs in his first five innings in the format.
Pat Cummins: Went past 100 ODI wickets in the series against South Africa and he now has 102 in 63 appearances in the format.
AUS Team Form
Australia have now lost their last five ODI matches in a row and won just one of their last eight matches in total. Most recently, having been bowled out for 217 and 271 to lose the first two matches in South Africa, they only managed 254/7 in the third and final game despite Marnus Labuschagne’s run-a-ball 108. Josh Hazlewood took two wickets in reply, but South Africa won by six wickets with 4.3 overs to spare.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
New Zealand’s pace attack is back to full strength with Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry all fit again. The main selection decisions will centre around the all-rounders, with Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham and Kyle Jamieson competing for a maximum of two places.
NZ Key Players
Ross Taylor: Scored 109* and 73* in the first two matches against India, and now has 8,570 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 48.69.
Trent Boult: Back in the ODI squad, the paceman has taken 164 wickets in 89 one-day internationals and sits top of the ICC’s ODI bowling rankings.
Kane Williamson: Only played one of the three ODIs against India, but that was his 150th match in a format in which he averages 47.70 with the bat and has scored 13 hundreds and 39 half-centuries.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand won all three matches of their series with India. They chased 348 to win the first game by four wickets – their highest ODI chase – thanks to Ross Taylor’s century, before defending 273/8 in the second to win by 22 runs. In the final game, Henry Nicholls scored 80 as they reached 300/5 in 47.1 overs for a five-wicket victory.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
AUS vs NZ Head to Head
Australia’s win against New Zealand at last year’s Cricket World Cup was their 91st in ODIs against New Zealand, whereas they have lost just 39. In that match at Lord’s, both Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey hit half-centuries in a total of 243/9, before Mitchell Starc’s 5-26 helped skittle New Zealand for 157.
AUS vs NZ Head to Head Stats
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